Traditional Welcoming Ceremony at Bunbury Cross-Cultural Awareness workshop, May 2015Photo: SWCC
Cross-Cultural Awareness workshop in Narrogin, May 2015Photo: SWCC
Charnock Woman artwork in NarroginPhoto: SWCC
Cross-Cultural Awareness workshop in Roelands, May 2015Photo: SWCC
Learning about the history of Roelands MissionPhoto: SWCC

Cultural Awareness and Education

SWCC delivers an annual program of Cultural Awareness events and training opportunities across the South West Region. The aim of the program is to bring together the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community to break down barriers to effective communication and collaboration. It also aims to raise awareness, cultural understanding and facilitate the use of traditional knowledge in NRM projects.

The Cultural Awareness and Education Program includes:

Cross-Cultural Awareness and Artefact Identification training, which is designed to give NRM professionals, local government staff, non-government groups and members of the community skills in cultural awareness. It also shows participants how to identify stone tools they might come across while working on Country;

Coastal Connections Camps with local Noongar children that allow them to have fun while connecting with and leaning about Country;

School education including visits to local schools to demonstrate traditional customs, practices and tool making, as well as cultural bush walks to show how plants and animals were utilised by traditional custodians;

School holiday events that allow for stories to be shared about the traditional uses of plants and animals. These events give both visitors and locals an insight into the rich cultural landscape of the South West; and

Community engagement activities  across the Region that allow community groups to access Traditional Knowledge and learn more about sustainable use of the land.

For more information on Cultural Awareness events, check out the Events Calendar or contact Nerilee Boshammer, Community Engagement Program Manager, at nerilee.boshammer@swccnrm.org.au

SWCC continues to spread cultural awareness and share knowledge with groups throughout the South West.  We believe it is vitally important to continue to teach the knowledge of the Noongar Culture for sustainable practices within the NRM and community sector.

Highlights for 2016:

  • SWCC’s two Cultural Connections trainees completed basic Noongar language training with the Noongar Boodjar Language Center in Bunbury;
  • Bush Medicine workshops with Viv Hansen held in Kojonup an Katanning;
  • Conducted school incursions with local primary and high schools on the importance of caring and connecting to country;
  • Attended and provided information about the NRM sector at local NAIDOC events and other significant dates within the Noongar calendar;
  • Participated in community forums and field days to provide information including cultural connections and Noongar caring for country;
  • Attended planting days with community groups to share knowledge and information of sustainable practices incorporating local traditional culture;
  • Worked with the Green Army on local landcare projects;
  • Gained connections with community Elders groups to support and build partnerships for caring for Noongar Nation.

Nerilee Boshammer
Ph: (08) 9781 3111